Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” family, appeared on “Good Morning America” on May 7 to promote his hit TV show and brand new book titled “Happy, Happy, Happy.” The hit series on A&E drew in an astonishing audience of 9.6 million viewers for its season three finale and it’s more popular than ever.
Phil left the Louisiana bayou behind and traveled to New York City to speak to Lara Spencer on “GMA” on Tuesday. When she asked Phil about his catch phrase, “happy, happy, happy,” he explained that it’s a reference to Thomas Jefferson. “All men are created equal,” he stated. “They’ve all been empowered with the same rights – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Phil Robertson was born and raised in Vivian, La., a small town near Shreveport. With seven children in his family, money was scarce and very early on, hunting became an important part of Phil’s life. He grew up with no electricity or running water and life was tough. However, he attended Louisiana Tech University on a football scholarship, where he played first-string quarterback ahead of Terry Bradshaw. Phil received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and a Master’s Degree in Education. After teaching for several years, he decided that his time and talents would be better spent in the woods.
Robertson began to experiment with duck calls. In 1972, the first Duck Commander call was born. Phil ran the business out of his home and his wife and four sons pitched in. The Robertson’s commercial fishing business kept the family afloat when Duck Commander was in its early stages. The company became a big success and today a complete line of Duck Commander products is sold in all fifty states and in several countries.
Lara congratulated Phil on the huge success of his hit TV show, “Duck Dynasty.” He said that he initially wondered if people would actually watch rednecks shooting ducks. A&E told him that Ozzie Osbourne made it, so he could too. “There’s hope for us all,” he joked.
Phil Robertson said that his life turned around when he accepted Jesus. “I was into sex, drugs and rock and roll,” he proclaimed. “I turned from my wicked ways and embraced Jesus. The next thing I knew, good times had come my way.”
Phil and his bride Kaye have been married for five decades and they have four sons: Alan, Jase, Willie and Jeptha. Three appear regularly on “Duck Dynasty.” Alan, the oldest son, may make appearances on season four. Willie is the current CEO and all sons and wives currently work or worked at Duck Commander at some point.
“Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander” releases nationwide on May 7. Between the covers, Phil talks about what matters most in life – “Faith, family and ducks, in that order.” He addresses how living the dream is possible with vision, hard work, helping hands, and an unshakable faith in the Almighty. “Happy, Happy, Happy” can be purchased on Amazon.com.
“Duck Dynasty” will be back for a fourth season. The season three finale titled “Aloha, Robertsons!” was record-breaking and topped “American Idol” by 34%. Over the course of the season, “Duck Dynasty” averaged 8.4 million viewers, making it the No. 1 reality show on cable, and the No. 2 series overall, behind AMC’s “Walking Dead.” The Robertsons were reportedly holding out for a pay raise, but it looks like the issue was resolved with the network. In a press release, A&E promised that production would begin shortly. That makes fans very “happy, happy, happy.”
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